Attacks on freedom of expression go international

This from Pakistan’s Daily Times

OIC to move UNGA against caricatures

ISLAMABAD: A resolution against the publication of blasphemous caricatures of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) in various countries will be presented in the upcoming session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), an Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) representative said on Tuesday.

“The resolution will demand legislation against the publication of blasphemous caricatures of revered personalities and derogatory remarks against religions. It will also demand [sacrilegious] actions be declared a crime,” OIC Secretary General’s Special Representative on Kashmir Ezzat Kamel Mufti told a news conference.

Mufti said a particular group in America and the European Union had been launching attacks against Islam. “However, we should not get emotional and resort to any kind of violence, including suicide bombings,” he said.

So we face the prospect of the UN moving to destroy freedom of expression because some enemies of human rights choose to see it as an attack on their religion.

And some of the most active spokespeople for “interfaith” activity ignore this attacks.

See also:

New Report Critiques Movement at United Nations that would Prohibit “Defamation of Religions”

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6 responses to “Attacks on freedom of expression go international

  1. theshippingnews

    Very alarming, Ken. It’s difficult to accept that members of the UN would react with anything other than ridicule, but, as you say, there are very few religious moderates or others who are willing to speak out against such attempts by Islam to suppress ideas that contradict its worldview. I wish there were some way to encourage more people to speak out in the name of reason.


  2. yes, I definitely hope these restrictions aren’t just accepted, good grief


  3. Dominic Bnonn Tennant

    Is this resolution significantly different, in principle, to legislation against hate speech? Not that I am in favor of either, but if they are similar, then it’s not too hard to see why at least some parties in the UN might support this sort of thing.


  4. That of course is where human rights come in. Criticism of human rights violations is being defined as “derogatory remarks against religions” in the Human Rights Council.

    We are in a bad way if someone can define the defense of human rights as “hate speech.”


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